Elena Ferrante Has a New Novel, Oct. 29, 2019 | Book Pulse

A new novel by Elena Ferrante will publish in 2020. Her newest nonfiction work, Incidental Inventions, comes out this November. Yaa Gyasi’s second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, will publish in 2020 too. Joe Hill and Marie Kondo also have publishing news. Netflix has bought the adaptation of Jojo Moyes's The Last Letter From Your Lover. The Mandalorian gets a new trailer. I

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Forthcoming Book News

A new novel by Elena Ferrante will publish in June 2020. It is called The Lying Life of Adults. Ann Goldstein will return as the English translator. Europa Editions plans for a June 9 pub date. Entertainment Weekly has details, as does the NYT. Remember, Incidental Inventions by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein and illustrated by Andrea Ucini (Europa Editions), comes out this year on Nov. 19. It is a collection of her Guardian columns.

Yaa Gyasi’s second novel, Transcendent Kingdom will publish in July 2020. Here are the book details.

Entertainment Weekly previews Joe Hill’s new imprint with DC comics, Hill House Comics. Also, an audio extract of Meryl Streep reading the new Charlotte’s Web audiobook from Listening Library.

Apartment Therapy writes about the new Marie Kondo book, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette). It is co-written with Scott Sonenshein. She also has a book forthcoming for kids, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship (Crown Books for Young Readers: Random House). It is illustrated by Salina Yoon.

Imogen Hermes Gowar and Oyinkan Braithwaite will feature in a new original fiction podcast from the Wellcome Collection and Audible. The Bookseller has details.


The NYT has Taffy Brodesser-Akner review Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco: Harper): “Good Lord, I can’t believe how good this book is … an unassuming bombshell of a novel.” Also Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis by Guy M. Snodgrass (Sentinel): “ A recurring theme is mendacity.” Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung Chang (Knopf): “a riveting read.”

The Washington Post reviews Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove Press, Black Cat): “a breathtaking symphony of black women’s voices, a clear-eyed survey of contemporary challenges that’s nevertheless wonderfully life-affirming.” Also, Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith (Penguin): “a soup of contradictions served up with flair. She experiments with form, with language, with conjecture, with the absurd. Tidbits of autofiction, and dashes of speculative fiction are mixed together and seasoned with current events.”  The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld (Harper): “Denfeld reminds us that storytelling remains one of the most powerful means we have of confronting our darkest human impulses, and sometimes overcoming them. It’s unfortunate that this time, while her pacing is swift, her prose, unfortunately, is often workmanlike, lacking the sheer bravura strangeness of the previous novel.”

Briefly Noted

The Edge Hill Short Story Prizes are announced. The Bookseller has details.

The shortlist for the UK’s Foyles Books of the Year is out. The Bookseller has details as well.

Tor.com gathers “All the New Fantasy Books Coming out in November.”

Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here (Ecco: Harper), writes an essay on parenting for Time.

Entertainment Weekly highlights Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History by Fred Rogers Productions, Tim Lybarger, Melissa Wagner, Jenna McGuiggan (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

The NYT appreciates The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year by Gary Goldschneider, Joost Elffers (Avery: Random House). Sales went soaring.

USA Today features Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Bustle has a piece on the concept of applause (part of their new Do It For The Applause column) by Candice Carty-Williams, Queenie (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.).

Paste showcases Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur (HMH; LJ starred review).

Tor.com offers a look inside the Folio Society’s edition of A Hero Born.

Vanity Fair writes about The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly (Harper).

Benjamin Percy, Suicide Woods: Stories (Graywolf: Macmillan) “shares five tales of suspense and horror that influence his work” with LitHub. Also on LitHub, a focus on Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library, illustrated by Barry Blitt (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan). Lastly, an excerpt from Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Iconic Poet (2nd Edition, Revised) by Marta McDowell (Timber Press: Workman).

Shondaland highlights Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (Knopf Books for Young Readers; SLJ starred review).

The Guardian looks at Americans who travel to Britain to live for a while like Jane Austen.

Librarian Emma Boettcher is returning to Jeopardy for the Tournament of Champions. The NYT reports.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s home is for sale. People takes a look.

Michael Blumlein has died. Tor.com has an obituary.

 Authors on Air

Variety reports that Netflix has bought the adaptation of Jojo Moyes's The Last Letter From Your Lover. It is filming now and stars Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley.

The Today show features The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing by Adam Frankel (Harper) and Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More: A Cookbook  by Gina Homolka, Heather K. Jones (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

Vulture reports that a Superman & Lois series is in the works for the CW. There is also a story about Apple’s Dickinson’s sitcom.

Deadline reports that yet another A Christmas Carol adaptation is in the works, joining the musical one that Apple plans and the one lead by Andy Serkis set for FX. Dante’s Inferno is on its way to Freeform. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, of Game of Thrones fame, drop plans to make the next Star Wars trilogy.

Eater notes that there will be a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain.

The Mandalorian gets a new trailer. It begins streaming on Nov. 12.

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